Sen. Elizabeth Warren Thursday endorsed Hillary Clinton — capping off a day in which the presumptive Democratic nominee was endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and with Clinton herself saying that the senator is qualified to be her running mate.
"I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House," the first-term Massachusetts Democrat told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
Warren, 66, said she stayed out of the primary race between Clinton and Bernie Sanders because "it was an opportunity for Democrats to get out there and show, this is what it means to be a Democrat.
"We got out there and pushed those issues forward and we made sure that the American people saw the kind of thinking we have, the kind of energy we have — and what makes us very different from those guys on the other side."
But Sanders must face a reality, Warren said in making her coveted endorsement: "Hillary Clinton won."
"She won because he's she's a fighter," she told Maddow. "She's out there, she's tough. And I think this is what we need.
"This is about what we need to survive," she added. "This is about whether or not we are going to have a country that just works for the Donald Trumps of the world, that just works for a handful of the largest corporations of the world — or a country that really is building an economic future for all of us.
"And, yes, I think having a fighter in the lead — a female fighter in the lead — is exactly what this country needs."
On being vice president, Maddow prefaced her lengthy question by saying, "I know you're not seeking the job and I know you love being a senator" — and then said that former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said that she was not qualified to be commander-in-chief if necessary.
"I want to know if you think you could be?" Maddow asked.
"Yes, I do," Warren only responded.
But Clinton herself said that Warren was qualified to be vice president, though she declined to view Sanders in such a role.
"I have the highest regard for Sen. Warren," Clinton told Politico
. "I think she is an incredible public servant, eminently qualified for any role.
"I look forward to working with her on behalf of not only the campaign and her very effective critique of Trump, but also on the issues that she and I both care about."
Regarding Sanders, the former secretary of state would only say: "I think he has contributed greatly to the campaign."
When pressed further, Clinton said: "His passions for the issues that he promoted has been good for the Democratic party and for the country.
"I look forward to talking with him when our campaigns can find a time that works with both our schedules."
Throughout the Maddow interview and in a speech earlier Thursday, Warren slammed Trump — primarily for his racially tinged attacks on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump University civil case in San Diego.
"Trump is criticizing Judge Curiel for following the law instead of bending it to suit the financial interests of one wealthy and oh-so-fragile defendant," Warren said in her speech to the American Constitution Society in Washington.
"Like all federal judges, Judge Curiel is bound by the federal code of judicial ethics not to respond to these attacks," Warren continued. "Trump is picking on someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself.
"Exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned, racist bully."
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